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June 20, 2011

SIU Med School Group Exhibits Artwork

Artwork created by members of the Community Support Network (CSN), a program of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, will be displayed July 1 - 30 at the Prairie Art Alliance Gallery II, 221 So. Sixth St., Springfield.  A reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 1, is open to the public and includes live music and light refreshments.

The exhibit consists of 30 pieces of framed art created by members of the Community Support Network, a program of SIU’s Department of Psychiatry.  The artwork includes paintings, drawings, pastels and three-dimensional pieces. 

“Having the opportunity to use their creative skills and talents in the artistic environment of the Prairie Art Alliance has really helped our art therapy group members grow as individuals and realize their artistic potential,” said Karen Lee, executive director of CSN.

CSN provides intensive outreach services to maintain quality lifestyles for individuals in the community who have severe and persistent mental illness.  It was established in 1984 and is supported by funds from the Illinois Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities to improve treatment for people with severe mental illness. 

The exhibit and art project is directed by Lee and the art therapy group is coordinated by Mary Corrigan, SIU program services specialist.  Support for the CSN art therapy group is from the Prairie Art Alliance Outreach Programs and grants from the Susan Cook House Educational Trust and the Sangamon County Community Foundation, which provided funds for art supplies and space rental at the Prairie Art Alliance.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Mary Corrigan, SIU Department of Psychiatry, 545-7264 weekdays.

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